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In Memoriam

Klaas Willem Jonker
† April 30, 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, Wilko Jonker died after a long illness at the age of 58. He leaves behind a wife and two children. The Dutch military aviation and plastic modeling were his hobby and on this website he shared all the knowledge he has collected over the years. His hobby has been able to distract him from the persistent disease in his body until the last week of his life. The contacts with other hobbyists were a major support for him.

This website will be maintained by different people for as long as possible, so that other enthusiasts can continue to benefit from extensive content.



In 1912 LVG started to develop their first own airplane, designation LVG B.I.
It was a biplane of unequal span, equipped with an 80 hp Mercedes D.I engine.

Soon after the LVG B.I entered service, LVG developed an improved version, the B.II with better upwards view for the pilot, an more powerful Mercedes D.II engine rated 120 hp and somewhat smaller sizes. In 1915 this type entered service mainly as a trainer.

The next version was the LVG B.III, with several structural improvements. This type was also mainly used as trainer.


production version with a 80 hp Mercedes D.I engine.
improved version with a 120 hp Mercedes D.II engine.


Technical information
Length: 8,3 m Wingspan: 12,12 m
Height: 2,95 m Wing area: 35,4 m2
Empty weight: 726 kg Max. start weight: 1025 kg
Max. speed: 105 km/hr Climbing speed: - m/min
Cruising speed: - km/hr    
Range: 4 hours Service ceiling: - m
Engine type: One Mercedes D-I rated 100 hp
Crew: Two men: one aviator plus one observer
Armament: One fixed forward firing 7,9 mm Spandau LMG 08/15 plus one movable 7,9 mm Parabellum MG 14 machine gun


On August 28, 1915 a LVG B.I , serial 223/14, crew: f.o. J.J. Spelter and observer lt. P. Harpe made an emergency landing near Venlo and was interned as LA25. On April 23, 1917 it was completely cracked at Soesterberg an written off.

L.V.G. B.I 223/14 landde op 28 aug. 1915 bij Venlo, bemand door vlieger J.J. Spelter en waarnemer lt. P. Harpe. Demontage. Links met bolhoed ir. H.A. Vreeburg, rechts werktuigkundige Boevink. Dit toestel werd gekocht en kreeg de registratie LA25.
L.V.G. B.I 223/14 being dismantled. At the left, with hat, ir. H.A. Vreeburg, at the right mechanic Boevink.
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Soesterberg, rechts L.V.G. B.I reg. LA25 en links een Albatros B.II. Groep grondpersoneel met (4e van links) elt.vl. W.C.J. Versteegh.
Soesterberg, at the right L.V.G. B.I, serial LA25 and left an Albatros B.II.
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L.V.G. B.I 223/14 na aankomst en montage op Soesterberg in september 1915. Het toestel werd gekocht en kreeg de registratie LA25.
L.V.G. B.I 223/14 assembled at Soesterberg, still with German markings.
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L.V.G. B.I LA25 op 23 april 1917. Vlieger elt. J.P. van Oosten (poseert) was ongedeerd. Het toestel werd afgeschreven.
L.V.G. B.I LA25 crashed on April 23, 1917 and written off. F.O. elt. J.P. van Oosten standing near the aircraft, was unharmed.
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Serial overview.

Serial German Werknr. German Bestellnr. Date in service Date out of service Notes
LA25   223/14 28-08-1915 23-04-1917 Destroyed Soesterberg


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Scheme Colour name FS-number BS-number Humbrol XtraColor Vallejo Model Color Vallejo Model Air
Standard #1 Fuselage wood with varnish            
Wings etc. Doped linen     121 X105 70.819  

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Van Luchtvaartafdeling tot Koninklijke Luchtmacht 75 jaar Militaire Luchtvaart in Nederland Koos van de Berg Pag. 7 1987 Uitgever: Rebo Produkties, Sassenheim
KLu Vliegtuigen: De vliegtuigen van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht vanaf 1913 Wim Schoenmaker & Thijs Postma Pag. 16 1987 Uitgeverij De Alk, Alkmaar
Camouflage en Kentekens J.Greuter e.a.   1997 Bonneville – Bergen (NH)
Air Enthusiast no.80 The Historical Aviation Journal: Unexpected Windfalls Bart van der Klaauw Pag. 54 - 59 1999 Uitgever: Key Publishing, Stamford